Presented by: Bloomington Roots & 505 Live
Where: FAR Center for Contemporary Arts
General Admission: $USD 20.00
VIP : $USD 30.00
|Friday, November 22nd 7:30 pm||Buy Tickets|
Bloomington Roots and 505 Live Present Hawktail as part of the Hand Picked Music Series. Located at the newly renovated FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, this event promises an intimate evening with a spectacular band. Opening songs from the Hand Picked String Ensemble.
Doors: 6:45pm | House Ensemble: 7:30pm | Hawktail: 8:00pm
Most seating is general admission. VIP ticket holders will have seats reserved in the front, allowing for the best access to the performance. Will-Call: Prior to the day of the show, Will-Call can be collected at the BCT Box Office. On the day of the show, Will-Call will be available at the door starting at 6:45pm.
Music fans will recognize the members of Hawktail from their various other outfits (Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, A Prairie Home Companion) and enjoy this unique instrumental offering. Bloomington locals will recognize them from their recent LOTUS appearance in 2018.
Haas Kowert Tice asked the question, what if? After forging their own brand of roots music—one grounded in timeless tradition, crafted by top-shelf musicianship, and performed with jubilant comradery—what if this trio of America’s finest string players became a quartet?
Brittany Haas (fiddle), Paul Kowert (bass), and Jordan Tice (guitar) own the sweat equity of a decade spent stoking the fires of their passion project. Haas, whose 2004 self-titled release instantly became the touchstone for a generation of old-time fiddlers, has since lent her sound to Crooked Still, Live From Here, Michael Daves – and David Rawlings, where she plays alongside Kowert, well known as Punch Brothers’ virtuosic bass player. Tice is a rare guitar player whose music showcases his unique identity and a particular knack for tune-writing. Haas Kowert Tice was a special road they could travel together. Where communication was intuitive, then innovative. Where musical curiosity was boundless and inspiring for each as writers, players, and friends.
Reborn a foursome, they recut the music for the next album.
The release of Unless, in reality Hawktail’s debut, is certain to confirm that this quartet has found its wings. “It feels as though this is now a whole band capable of doing anything,” says Haas. “The music of Unless represents hours of creation, founded on our years as close friends. And I think you can hear that,” she continues. Kowert adds, “we strove to write strong tunes that could take us to different places while holding to a simple form, for a natural music that breathes. Melodies and basslines arrived together with a core sound, and arrangements seemed encoded in the tunes.”
With Unless, Hawktail has delivered an album of original instrumental music that showcases their unique talents. A mixture of recordings from the studio and from shows, this album was written to be played live for people in a room. The inclusiveness of that extends beyond the speakers: a finger on the string, a rush of energy when you didn’t expect it – this is music made to be enjoyed.
“While they are well versed in the old-time traditions, their music is fresh, lively, and consequential. In other words, they are not imitators or replicators. As I said of them in my AmericanaFest wrap-up: ‘Without a doubt their set was my favorite of the week, a labyrinth of complex yet accessible acoustic music that had me in a trance.’” — No Depression
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